International Business Minor

Fisher students

International Business Minor

The international Business Minors is designed to provide students with an opportunity to complement their major studies with a deeper understanding of how the global economy works, to develop a greater appreciation of business opportunities and risks associated with a more interconnected world, and to prepare students for working in cross-national settings.

Curriculum Requirements

The International Business Minors consists of 15 credit hours, including nine hours of required courses and six hours of elective courses.

  • Required Core Courses

    BUSMHR 2000 – Introduction to International Business

    • Credits: 1.5, Prerequisites: ECON 2001 or equivalent and ECON 2002 or equivalent
    • This course provides basic coverage of world trade and investment problems, and introduction to multinational corporation strategies and the various types of environments in which they do business.

    BUSMHR 4010 – International Business Strategies

    • Credits: 1.5; Prerequisite: BUSMHR 2000
    • This course highlights how firms make decisions to go abroad, select among foreign markets, and develop international strategies to enhance their profitability and long-term competitive advantage. It will also highlight economic and political risks of international business and discuss ways that firms can mitigate these risks.

    BUSMHR 4020 – Cross-Cultural Management

    • Credits: 3; Prerequisites: BUSMHR 2000
    • Basic elements of culture and its impact upon business. The course will address differences in attitudes, values and beliefs among different peoples around the world both through general frameworks and also by exploring specific countries.

    BUSMHR 4021 – Institutions of the International Business Environment

    • Credits: 3; Prerequisites: BUSMHR 2000
    • Major international institutions and the role they play in international business and commerce
  • Elective Courses

    Fisher College of Business students may choose from:

    BUSFIN 3250 – Foundations of International Finance

    • Credits: 3; Prerequisites: ACCTMIS 2200 and 2300, BUSMHR 2292, BUSMHT 2320 and 2321, BUSFIN 3220
    • Management of financial risk inherent with international business; problems of implementing corporate finance principles; International Capital Markets.

    BUSMGT 4237 – International Operations Management

    • Credits: 3; Prerequisites: BUSMGT 2320, 2321, 3230, and ACCTMIS 2200, 2300, and BUSMHR 2292
    • Current influences, practices and standards for structural and infrastructural decision making across national boundaries. Explores complexity of managing geographically dispersed operations with relationships between multiple entities.

    BUSMHR 3000 – Advanced Topics in International Business

    • Credits: 3; Prerequisites: ACCTMIS 2200 and 2300; BUSMGT 2320 and 2321, BUSMHR 2000 and 2292
    • Advanced topics in international business including strategy, alliances, and exchange

    BUSMHR 4321 – International Labor and Human Resource Management

    • Credits: 3; Prerequisites: BUSMHR 2292, 3000, and 3200, ACCTMIS 2200 and 2300, BUSMGT 2320 and 2321.
    • Examination of the human resource challenges that emerge in multinational organizations, and emphasis on issues to be considered when preparing oneself and others for international assignments.

    BUSM&L 4254 – International Marketing

    • Credits: 3; Prerequisites: BUSM&L 3250 and BUSMHR 2292
    • Examines theory and practice of marketing across national borders, marketing and market research within different foreign environments, and development of marketing strategies by the international company.

    Business and Non-Business students may choose from:

    AEDECON 2580 – Feast or Famine: The Global Business of Food

    • Credits: 3
    • Global and regional trends in food consumption and production are surveyed. Trade, technological change, and other resources to food scarcity are analyzed.

    AEDECON 4535 – International Economic Development

    • Credits: 3; Prerequisite: ECON 2001
    • Study of the growth and diversification of developing economies and the causes of poverty and inequality. Analyze the impacts of human capital formation, markets, and public policy on development.

    COMM 3597.01 – International Perspectives on Communication

    • Credits: 3
    • Perspectives on communication media from different parts of the world.

    ECON 4560 – Cooperation and Conflict in the Global Economy

    • Credits: 3; Prerequisites: ECON 2001 and 2002 or equivalent
    • The economic, social, and political bases for and responses to increasing global economic integration.

    GEOG 2400 – Economic and Social Geography

    • Credits: 3
    • Geographic analysis of relationships between society and economy; focusing on such issues as globalization, production and consumption, inequality and social difference.

    HISTORY 3705 – History of Capitalism in Comparative and Global Perspective

    • Credits: 3; Prerequisites: Any 2000-level History course and English 1110
    • An historical comparison of the development of modern forms of capitalism globally.

    INTSTDS 2000 – Introduction to Africa

    • Credit: 3
    • Interdepartmental survey of the land, people, history, politics, and social institutions, economic development, literature and the arts.

    INTSTDS 2050 – Introduction to China and Japan

    • Credit: 3
    • Multidisciplinary survey of contemporary Asian civilizations: their geographical and racial backgrounds, historical and cultural heritages, social organizations, economic and political problems and international relations.

    INTSTDS 2100 – Introduction to Latin America

    • Credit: 3
    • Interdepartmental survey of Latin American societies, anthropology, economics, history, literature, geography, and agriculture.

    INTSTDS 2200 – Introduction to the Modern Middle East

    • Credit: 3
    • Interdepartmental survey of the land, people, history, politics, religions, philosophy, social institutions, economic development, literature, and the arts.

    INTSTDS 2250 – Russia: From Communism to Capitalism

    • Credit: 3
    • Survey of the birth, growth, and death of the communist Soviet Union and of the cultural, social, economic, and political trajectory of its successor, Russia.

    INTSTDS 4850 – Understanding the Global Information Society

    • Credit: 3
    • Invites students to think critically about the global networks that are shaping the new knowledge creation & sharing processes. To monitor news, investigate web resources & gather information for assignment, report & case study analysis.

    POLITSC 4910 – Business-Government Relations

    • Credits: 3
    • Explores the relationships between business and government, including topics ranging from regulatory politics and legislative lobbying, to trade politics and multinational corporations, to business ethics.

    SOCIOL 3302 – Technology and Global Society

    • Credits: 3
    • Social aspects of technology, social change, and technological development; underdevelopment and the global economy.


  • General Questions
    • How do I apply for the International Business Minor?

    There is no application process for the International Business Minor. You should inform your college advisor of your intentions to complete the minor. In addition, you can discuss your interest in the International Business Minor with a business advisor at (614) 292-2715.

    Who approves my International Business Minor?

    There is no formal approval process required by Fisher College of Business. As long as you have met the course requirements your college can approve your minor. An approved program form can be provided if your college requires it. You can obtain this from a Fisher undergraduate advisor. Call (614) 292-2715 for an appointment.

    I am majoring/ intending to major in business. Can I use minor courses for major requirements?

    No. Minor courses do not count toward any business core or specialization requirement (other than free electives) or as prerequisites for further study in business.

    Can I use International Business Minor courses in my major?

    Generally, no, unless your college specifically permits it. Please contact your college advisor for information.

    Can I use International Business Minor courses in another minor?

    Each minor must contain at least 12 unique hours.

    What grade do I need to earn for a course to count in the minor?

    You must earn a C- or better for a course to be listed on the minor. You must earn a 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio in your minor courses.

    Can I take a minor course pass/non-pass?

    No. Courses taken Pass/Non-Pass cannot count on the International Business Minor.

    Can I use foreign languages course work in the International Business Minor?

    No. Foreign language courses cannot be used in the International Business Minor.

  • Course Requirements

    What are the required courses for the International Business Minor?

    Four core courses totaling nine credit hours are required:

    BUSMHR 2000 – Introduction to International Business

    BUSMHR 4010 – International Business Strategies

    BUSMHR 4020 – Cross-Cultural Management

    BUSMHR 4021 – Institutions of the International Business Environment

    An additional six credit hours are required in elective courses. These elective courses are available in multiple areas, including Finance, Marketing, Operations Management, Communications, Economics, International Studies, Political Science, Sociology, History, Geography, and Agricultural Environment, Development, and Economics.

    Do I have to take the minor courses in a specific order?

    Yes. BUSMHR 2000 should be taken first after the prerequisites (ECON 2001 and 2002), followed by BUSMHR 4010, 4020, and 4021.

  • Prerequisites

    What are the prerequisites for the International Business Minor?

    Prerequisites for BUSMHR 2000: ECON 2001 and 2002 or equivalent

    Prerequisites for BUSMHR 4010, 4020, and 4021: BUSMHR 2000

    Can I start taking minor courses before I complete the prerequisites?

    No. All prerequisites must be taken prior to minor courses.

  • Substitutions

    Can I substitute a different business course for one of the required elective courses?

    Yes. However, the proposed course must have an international/global focus and must be approved by an international business faculty member in the Management and Human Resources department in Fisher College of Business. Contact Professor Mona Makhija ( to discuss course options.

  • Transfer Credit Applicability

    Can I apply transfer credit to fulfill minor courses?

    A maximum of 6 hours of transfer credit for equivalent courses may count toward the minor.